Emerald Nuts Midnight Run Brings Thousands to Central Park to Ring In a Happy and Healthy New Year
Douma-Hussar, Sarah Porter, Landon Peacock, and Christian Hesch set to
race under a glittering sky of fireworks at midnight
New York, December 20, 2011ÛÓAs
2011 winds down, New York Road Runners is gearing up to celebrate the
new year with the legendary Emerald Nuts
Midnight Run in Central Park at midnight on December 31. Professional
athletes will toe the line with thousands of reveling New Yorkers, it
was announced today by NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Midnight Run, a Central Park tradition since 1978, offers runners and
spectators a fun and athletic way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. As the
ball drops in Times Square just blocks away, runners can party
through a four-mile run knowing they won’t drop the ball on their
fitness this year. The run promises to be one of the most distinctive,
cost-effective parties in all of Manhattan.
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run is a unique and active way to celebrate New
Year’s Eve in New York City,” said Wittenberg. “It’s the perfect way to
start the New Year on the right foot, literally! We welcome
friends and family to join an extravaganza of funÛÓfrom the run to the
look forward to partnering with the NYRR for an eighth straight year,
especially in such an iconic New York event,” said Craig Tokusato, vice
president of marketing at Diamond Foods, Inc. “The Emerald
Nuts Midnight Run will be a great way to celebrate the new year in a
fun, healthy, and safe environment.”
festivities begin at 10:00 p.m. with music and a massive dance party,
followed by a spirited costume parade and contest at 11:00 p.m. At the
stroke of midnight, runners will take off on a four-mile loop
through Central Park while the night sky sparkles with a 17-minute
fireworks show. Halfway through the race, runners will have the option
of toasting the new year with a glass of non-alcoholic champagne at the
addition to the celebrations that are planned throughout the evening, a
strong professional athlete field will race for a prize purse of
$2,000, including $500 apiece to the male and female winners. Canadian
Olympian and 2007 Emerald Nuts Midnight Run champion Carmen
Douma-Hussar will be up against Sarah Porter, the 2011 NCAA Division II
10,000-meter champion, who made her marathon debut in this year’s ING
New York City Marathon. Other top contenders in the women’s
field include Katie DiCamillo, Stephanie Pezzullo, Lesley Higgins, and
the men’s field, Landon Peacock, the 2010 Big Ten 5000-meter indoor
champion, will compete against two-time Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
champion (2003, 2004) and former course record-holder Christian Hesch.
Other top contenders in the men’s field include Tim Ritchie and Stephen
Douma-Hussar, 34, of Ardmore, PA, won this event in 2007 in 20:54. She was second in 2010 in 20:55.
22, of Blowing Rock, NC, won the 2011 NCAA Division II 10,000-meter
championship in 33:17.39. She finished the ING New York City marathon
this past November in 2:44:25.
24, of Blowing Rock, NC, won the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships 5000
meters in 14:11.94 for the University of Wisconsin. He was recently
second at the Manchester Road Race (4.75 miles) on Thanksgiving
Day in 21:39.
Hesch, 33, of Hollywood, CA, won this event in 2003 (19:36) and 2004 (18:28), and is a former course record-holder.
Other top contenders in the women’s field:
DiCamillo, 25, of Providence, RI, won the 2010 ECAC Outdoor Championships 5000 meters in 16:25.83.
Pezzullo, 29, of Charlotte, NC, was second at this event in 2006 in 22:00.
Higgins, 31, of New York, NY, placed second in the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships mile in 4:42.36.
Cummings, 23, of New York, NY, placed second in the 2011 Ivy League Outdoor 5000 meters in16:48.51.
Other top contenders in the men’s field:
Ritchie, 24, of Brighton, MA, placed fifth at this year’s Manchester Road Race (4.75 miles) on Thanksgiving Day in 21:47.
Pifer, 27, of Eugene, OR, placed second in the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships 5000 meters in 13:39.34.
For more details on the race and pre-race festivities in Central Park, visit
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